Natural environment phobias are also very common nowadays, just like the situational phobias.
They are normally fears cued by natural things found in the environment.
Some examples of which are: the fear of heights, fear of storms, fear of water, fear of the dark, and fear of earthquake.
Signs and Symptoms of Natural Environment Phobias
Natural environment phobias may actually include both mild and severe symptoms. These symptoms if not treated accordingly might impede you from doing things you usually do.
Normally, symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath or at times suffocation
- Palpitations or pounding heart
- Increased heart rate
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Shaking or trembling
- Feeling of choking
- Nausea or stomach discomfort
- Feeling unsteady
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- Hot or cold flashes
Treatment for Natural Environment Phobias
Possible treatments for natural environment phobias may include therapy like systematic desensitization or exposure therapy and some potent drugs like Ativan, BuSpar, Librium, Luvox, Meprospan, Paxil, Paxipam, Serax, Valium, and Xanadu.
Systematic desensitization is actually considered as a very effective treatment for specific phobias like natural environment phobias. Basically, in this therapy, events which cause fear are recalled in imagination, and then eventually all put into reality over and over again.
Likely, sufficient repetition through practice, the imagined events like earthquake and the like will considerably lose their anxiety-provoking power. At the end of the therapy, you will be able to finally conquer all of your fears regarding some natural environmental events.
However, though systematic desensitization is actually a good remedy, it can’t actually solely save you from your phobias or fears. You of course has to take some sort of pharmacological medications like the ones mentioned above.
But with the advice of your doctor naturally. Remember to be guided accordingly, never go on your own. Only doctors can help you, so be sure to always have one around.